DENVER— That second shot is the view from the press box at Invesco Field at Mile High.
It’s quite a crowd, and it’s been a busy convention, which is why my blogging has been less frequent this week.
I took this video of the crowd down inside the stadium earlier tonight when Al Gore was speaking:
I also did a piece looking at tonight’s speech, where I tracked down one of Martin Luther King’s speechwriters. He shared with me an incredible bit of history:
DENVER | On the eve of a speech that would forever reshape views on race in America, speechwriters huddled in a D.C. hotel and drafted seven crucial paragraphs.
The moment came not Wednesday night as Sen. Barack Obama prepared to accept his formal spot as the first black presidential nominee, but as Martin Luther King drafted his “I Have a Dream” speech to be delivered Aug. 28, 1963.
“The symbolism is very, very powerful,” said Clarence B. Jones, who served as a speechwriter and counsel to King. “Obama’s candidacy represents a transition across the bridge from the 20th-century legacy of segregation and institutional racism to a 21st-century society of color irrelevancy and multiracial constituencies.”
The historic anniversary provides mile-high expectations for Mr. Obama and his team of speechwriters, who are keenly aware of the date and his quest to become the nation’s first black president.
Jon Favreau and Ben Rhodes - both under the age of 31 - head a team of speechwriters who have helped draft the addresses that played a large role in propelling Mr. Obama from long shot to nominee.
Read the full story here.
I’ll be back on the Obama campaign trail tomorrow for the newly minted ticket’s bus tour.
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—Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times
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